Answered: Clarification of <R15> a. ii.

So, as many teams have probably noted, the strain relief on the VEX motors tends to wear out VERY quickly and leaves you with a bit of a mess of a motor.
According to <R15> a. ii. “External wires on VEX electrical components may be repaired by soldering, using twist/crimp connectors, electrical tape or shrink tubing such that the original functionality / length is not modified in any way. Wire used in repairs must be identical to VEX wire. Teams may make these repairs at their own risk; incorrect wiring may have undesired results.”

There is an external wire coming from the outside of the motor to the inside of the motor housing into the PCB. When a wire breaks at the strain relief, there isn’t a way to solder it back together properly (and in stranded wire this creates a weak point).

If I were to cut the heat shrink on the ferrite choke, and remove it from the old wire, place it onto a new length of wire equivalent in length to the original, and crimp new headers onto the wire, then solder the wire into the PCB would this be a legal motor?

If not, what steps should I take to repair a motor that has failed in this manner?
I can’t seem to figure out how to reply, but since this is of the same topic and pertains to this thread: am I to understand then, that there is no way to legally repair a motor that has broken this way?

Joshua Curtis

No, this is not a legal modification.